[GWSG] Battery news; biofuels bad land use; deep adaptation; vertical farming; IPCC sketched; IPCC meeting on 1.5C; the cost of C

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Oct 1 08:16:51 EDT 2018

1. New silicon anode batteries promise to be cheaper and more powerful than present lithium ion batteries. The price of electric vehicles is expected to drop, their ranges to increase, and their charging times to drop to a few minutes. A video on the new batteries is accompanied by articles on the financial success of Tesla’s big Australian battery and on the increasingly commanding position of renewable energy plus storage in the energy market. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/09/29/the-weekend-wonk-big-battery-update/

The Weekend Wonk: Big Battery Update | Climate Denial ...<https://climatecrocks.com/2018/09/29/the-weekend-wonk-big-battery-update/>
Nice explainer on current battery tech above. Meanwhile, Tesla’s giant battery in Australia is proving to be a super profitable game changer. WHEN a pair of tech billionaires starting going back and forth on social media, it ended up putting South Australia at the centre of an unprecedented ...

2. Growing biofuels occupies lands far better used for forests and grasslands, sequestering carbon. "All currently commercial forms of bioenergy require land and risk carbon debts that last decades into the future. Given the urgency of the climate problem, it is puzzling why some parties find these excess near-term CO2 emissions acceptable," the researchers write. https://phys.org/news/2018-09-biofuels-green-space-climate-action.html

3. Some people are discussing deep adaptation—how we should prepare to cope with the social disruptions and dislocations attendant on severe warming. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-26/new-climate-debate-how-to-adapt-to-the-end-of-the-world

New Climate Debate: How to Adapt to the End of the World ...<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-26/new-climate-debate-how-to-adapt-to-the-end-of-the-world>
At the end of 2016, before Puerto Rico’s power grid collapsed, wildfires reached the Arctic, and a large swath of North Carolina was submerged under floodwaters, Jonathan Gosling published an

4. Vertical farming produces leafy vegetables with no soil. Two brief videos profile a robotized New York City greens farm and an aquaponics farm in California, which uses as little as 10% of the water needed to grow greens on a conventional farm. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/09/29/joe-dirt-to-no-dirt-the-future-of-farming-is-vertical/

Joe Dirt to No Dirt: The Future of Farming is Vertical ...<https://climatecrocks.com/2018/09/29/joe-dirt-to-no-dirt-the-future-of-farming-is-vertical/>
Definitely no reason to bring it up…. Unless, of course, you are a charter member of the MMM (Mu Mlux Musk) and are always ready to shoot a rocket towards Mars each and every time someone speaks TRUTH about Musk—-as I did here in a strictly NON-judgmental way.

5.   Phys.org recounts the nature and history of the IPCC, the largest cooperative science project ever mounted. https://phys.org/news/2018-10-ipcc-world-authority-climate-science.html

6. The IPCC is meeting in South Korea this week to consider the prospects for holding warming to 1.5C. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45653099

IPCC: Climate scientists consider 'life changing' report ...<https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45653099>
It will likely be the most critical and controversial report on climate change in recent years. Leading scientists are meeting in South Korea this week to see if global temperatures can be kept ...

7. The Obama administration estimated the social cost of carbon at $37/ton of CO2 globally. A new analysis of the cost per country shows that the US stands to lose around $417/ton, second only to India. (The current average temperature of the US is ideal for economic activity.) “Ricke’s team found that the cost of carbon pollution to just the United States is probably higher than its government’s current estimate of costs to the entire world.  And the actual global cost is more than 10 times higher than the federal estimate.  And yet Republican politicians think that estimate should be much lower.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/oct/01/new-study-finds-incredibly-high-carbon-pollution-costs-especially-for-the-us-and-india

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